From all I’ve learned over the past five years, this is what is I understand has actually been going on in my body ; My Autonomic nervous system is ‘sympathetic dominant’. This means that I’m in a constant state of ‘fight or flight’. Normally the body goes into a ‘parasympathetic’ state when you rest allowing […]
Thirty years ago, aged fifteen, I betrayed a friend. At the time, and even until yesterday, I didn’t see it as betrayal. It was an act of kindness for someone who I cared very deeply for. We haven’t spoken since. Barely a week has gone by since when I haven’t thought about it, wondering how […]
This was painted in 1994. Annie was my first or second employer and a friend of my mothers. Annie still owns & runs a residential home for the elderly in a small Dorset village, near to where I grew up. When I was around 14 I started help as a ‘care assistant’ for the then […]
‘Last Sunset’. Acrylic on silk by Paula Carnell copyright 2013 I could write a book about this painting, but today I’ll keep it brief! I painted this in November 2008. The view is of a row of poplar trees that grew in the field behind our house. Earlier in that October we had noticed some […]
I had to share these brilliant wraps that make picnics & lunch boxes so much easier and less wasteful. I found them on Nigel’s Eco store. I bought the first two for my sons about four years ago. Now all five of us have our own wrap, thankfully they make them in five different colour ways! […]
Very wise words and a practice that has kept me sane and able to fight my own battles. Always bed before the news comes on!
Over the summer we were lucky enough to house, (& cat) sit for a friend’s mother, in beautiful and sunny Cornwall. Whilst there I had to visit as many of the local Farmer’s markets as possible. We were staying in the lovely village of St Buryan, right in between Penzance & Land’s End. Saturday mornings […]
This week commemorates the anniversary of the diagnosis of my CFS/ME, and yet 8 1/2 years since my first ‘episode’ of symptoms. How different my thoughts are a year on, last year I was full of panic and fear and the diagnosis temporarily brought some relief, that was until I discovered that diagnosis of such […]